Surprising Ways To Use WD-40 That Will Change Your Life

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Polishing Silver

We all know that WD-40 is the perfect product when it comes to removing a jammed screw or silencing a door hinge that won’t stop creaking. However, there is also a whole world of WD-40 uses that you’ve never heard of. Antique collectors will be pleasantly surprised to discover that WD-40 can be used to polish silver. If you want to prevent that lovely set of silverware from tarnishing over time, try spraying it down and gently cleaning it with WD-40.

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Polishing Fishing Lures

Fishing enthusiasts will certainly be surprised to learn that the can of WD-40 lying in their shed can actually help them reel in more trophy catches. While the multi-use material can’t be used as bait on its own, it can be utilized to polish lures, thereby making them shinier and more effective when it comes to catching fish. Keep in mind, however, that this technique is bad for the environment because the material is toxic to wildlife. Therefore, it is not recommended.

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Cleaning Shoes

If you’ve been racking your brain, searching for creative ways to get rid of those stubborn stains on your sneaker, look no further. WD-40 can be used to eliminate pesky rock salt spots that build up during the winter months. By simply spraying the multi-use product and wiping off the residue with a towel or rag, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to clean your shoes. You can even make your shoes waterproof by spraying the entire surface!

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Protecting Bird Feeders

For those of us who live in close proximity to the woods, placing bird feeders in the backyard is a great way to bring some of mother nature’s beauty to the view from your living room or kitchen window. Unfortunately, squirrels will often eat the birdseed and even ruin the feeder itself. In order to make your bird feeder squirrel-proof, spray WD-40 down the center pole. This way, the rodents won’t be able to climb up without slipping off.

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Prevent Wasps From Nesting

If you’ve got a phobia of bees, you’ll certainly be pleased to learn this clever trick for getting rid of wasps’ nests. Many people don’t know that WD-40 is an effective insect and bug repellant. In addition, it is waterproof and has the ability to stay for long periods of time. So if you’ve noticed that wasps keep nesting in one particular spot along your gutter, apply some WD-40 once a year and that should do the trick.

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Cleaning Toilets

Everyone dreads the arduous task of cleaning the bathroom. The pain-staking ordeal can be challenging, messy, and utterly unenjoyable. You might notice that traditional toilet-cleaning methods rarely get the job done efficiently and thoroughly. By incorporating WD-40 into your toilet-cleaning routine, you’ll see that, in addition to completing the task in much less time, the toilet bowl will also stay clean for much longer. Don’t believe us? Give it a try. It just might change your life!

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Unsticking Gum

We all know that terrible feeling. You’re walking down the street and all of a sudden you step in something sticky. At first, you assume that it will remove itself from the bottom of your shoe if you simply keep walking. You soon realize that the sticky sensation isn’t going anywhere because you’ve stepped in gum. Luckily, as long as you’ve got some WD-40, everything will be okay. Simply spray around the affected area and the gum will come right off!

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Prevent Grass From Jamming A Lawn Mower

Even the best lawn mowers on the market often deal with chunks of grass getting stuck to the bottom and jamming up the entire system. When this happens, lawn mower operators are inconvenienced. They need to shut the mower down, take it back to the garage, and scrape out the grass chunks by hand. An easy solution to prevent grass from sticking to the blades involves spraying the underside of the mower with WD-40 before and after each use.

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Removing Crayon Marks

If you’ve got young children at home, chances are you’re all too familiar with the meticulous and back-breaking labor of getting unwanted crayon marks off the walls, floors, countertops, and furniture in your home. If you’re sick of wasting valuable hours scrubbing away with paper towels, sponges, and soapy water, listen up. A quick spray of WD-40 and gentle washing with a rag will allow you to clean off those crayon marks faster and easier than ever before.

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Defrosting Ice

Any drivers from cold weather areas can relate to the frustration involved with waking up an extra 15 minutes earlier than needed just to warm the car up and give the windows enough time to defrost before leaving for work. Believe it or not, WD-40 can serve as a solution to this problem. If you spray down each window and wipe away the excess product, ice won’t be able to stick, and you’ll be able to sleep in a bit more.

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Protect Plants From Slugs And Snails

If you’re sick and tired of slugs and snails ruining the plants on your patio or deck, try spraying some WD-40 on the outside of the pot. Bugs can’t stand the stuff, so they’ll steer clear of your precious flowers. Not only will it keep these pesky critters far away, but the material is waterproof, so it will stay even through rainstorms. The only thing you’ll need to focus on is making sure those plants get plenty of water and sunlight.

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Removing Water Stains

Have you ever wondered how something that’s designed for washing can become so dirty? Cleaning water stains off the shower door, walls, and floor can be extremely frustrating and tedious. Not only does the chore require time, but it also demands its fair share of elbow grease. Luckily, WD-40 can be used as a solution. Simply spray down the affected areas at the end of your typical cleaning session. You’ll soon notice that the water stains magically disappear!

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Polishing Scissors

If you’re the creative type and frequently use scissors for art projects, you probably know how residue can build up over time, causing scissors to become sticky and unreliable. Instead of going to the arts and crafts store to buy a new pair every time this happens, simply apply some WD-40 into the cracks and crevasses of your scissors. You’ll notice that the stickiness dissipates and you’ll be free to enjoy the sensation of smooth and effortless cuts.

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Cleaning Glue And Candle Wax From A Carpet

Anyone who’s ever needed to clean glue or candle wax from a carpet knows that it is, by no means, a simple project. Over the years, countless so-called experts have introduced various home cleaning remedies that always seem to be better in theory than in practice. One method that you’ve probably never heard of is the use of WD-40. Try spraying a small amount on the problem area, giving it some time to sink in, and using a sponge to clean.

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Removing Stickers And Price Tags

Taking a bumper sticker off the back of your car can be a considerable nuisance. If you’re lucky enough to get the sticker off in one piece without leaving behind little pieces of half-torn paper, you’ll surely run into problems when it comes time to take care of the leftover sticky residue. To make this process much easier, apply WD-40 as you gently pull the sticker off the surface. You’ll find that it peels away with incredible ease.

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Removing Beverage Stains

If your home is filled with untreated wood surfaces, you might have noticed that any spillover from your morning beverage of choice has left unsightly stains on your otherwise beautiful hardwood. That’s where WD-40 comes in. Just spritz a little bit of the magic liquid on the stain, then clean the rest of it regularly. You’ll be surprised at just how easily the stain will wipe away, leaving your hardwood table as beautiful as the day you got it.

Extending A Showerhead’s Life

There comes a point in the lifespan of many bathrooms that the showerhead will eventually decide to give way. For those who have purchased upgraded showerheads, this can be especially frustrating if you feel that a showerhead should be built to last forever. Luckily, WD-40 is a great way to extend the lifespan of your showerhead. Whether it’s a fancy model or just your average old showerhead, a little spritz of WD will make your showerhead last years longer.

Dust Filter

One of the biggest problems with air conditioning units, whether they’re central air or single room units, is that dust can easily become trapped within the filter. Keeping the filters free of dust is one of the most important aspects of air conditioner maintenance, but it can also be a pain to actually do. Instead of worrying over how you can possibly keep your filter sparkling clean, you can spray some WD-40 on the filter itself, which will help keep more dust out of the air you breathe.

Lubricate A Shovel

We’ve all been there before. One bright spring day, you decide it’s high time to start a backyard garden. As you go to break the ground with your inexperienced, office-softened hands, you realize that this is a much harder task than you ever considered. Instead of breaking your back digging in the dirt, you can make soil removal all the more simple by spraying WD-40 on the blade of your shovel or spade. Instead of laboring to move the dirt, it’ll roll right off.

Breaks Down Rust

If you come across a rusty saw in the back of your garden shed or a little-used garage, wait just a minute before chucking it in the garbage. There’s a way to salvage any tools that are covered in rust. WD-40 is the perfect way to break down rust, even on tools that you might have thought were beyond saving. Even if you see a kitchen knife take on a tint of brown, give it a touch of WD magic, and watch it melt away.

Removes Mildew

Mildew is gross, there’s no doubt about that. It’s not only unsightly, but it also leaves a terrible smell. If you’ve somehow discovered hidden pockets of mildew in a place like an old refrigerator, all hope is not lost. WD-40 is the best way to not only get rid of all that grossness, but it will also help protect the area from any mildew growing back in the future. Just spray it on, let it sit, and then wipe it off.

Removes Lipstick Stains

Lipstick is an essential part of any makeup kit, but it can become something of a nuisance when it gets on our clothes rather than staying on our lips. You don’t need to go out and buy any special stain removers to pull the vibrant pigments out of your favorite wardrobe pieces. Using WD-40 as a pre-wash stain treatment is the only tool you’ll need. After letting the spray sit on the affected area, wash according to the garment’s instructions.

Loosens Rings

Those who wear rings regularly have probably experienced the harrowing phenomenon that is trying to loosen a ring that has somehow gotten stuck to your finger. As those afflicted go through the motions of rubbing soap onto their finger and then trying again with vegetable oil, just know that, in the future, there is a much quicker fix. With a little dab of WD-40, you can loosen the ring up in seconds flat, and then slide it off with ease.

Gets Rid Of Tar Stains

Have you ever noticed those ugly black streaks gathering at the bottom of your car? They’re most likely stains from the tar that covers the roads of the world. In order to remove them, you don’t need to spend hours on your hands and knees scrubbing your car’s nether regions. WD-40 will do the trick with a minimal amount of effort. Douse the afflicted areas with the spray and then see just how easily the marks wipe off.

Unsticks Zippers

You might have thought that if the zipper of your favorite bag gets hopelessly stuck, you’re going to be entirely out of luck. With a can of WD-40 on your side, however, that’s not a fear you should ever have again. Once you use the nozzle to direct the flow of the spray to the pully, just gently move the zipper back and forth. As you slowly work the WD-40 into the inner reaches of the zipper teeth, you’ll find it somehow releasesĀ its death grip.

Waterproof Outdoor Chalk

You might not be a chalk artist, but even if you are, surely you don’t want your work to be immediately washed away by an unforeseen rainstorm. In order to extend the life of your chalk creations, whether they be works of art or simply temporary delineations that need to remain for an event, spraying them down with WD-40 will keep them on the sidewalk or pavement, no matter what may happen with the weather after the fact.

Clean Tiles

Cleaning the tiles on a floor or in a shower can be one grueling task. Anyone who values a clean home knows the importance of cleaning a bathroom on the regular, but it doesn’t have to make you feel like you’re Cinderella. Instead of busting out the old toothbrush you use for cleaning grout, spray the affected area with WD-40 and then wash with soapy water. The miracle spray will even take off accidental nail polish or makeup spills!

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Unstick Legos

There are plenty of times when you wish your lego creations would last forever, and then there are the times that you’re ready to start afresh and can’t seem to pry the pieces apart. Instead of watching your husband or children have a full-blown tantrum because they can’t unstick their legos, take out the WD-40 and watch it work its magic. With a little targeting from the straw, you can save precious time trying to pull those pieces apart.

Keeps Records From Skipping

Vinyl record collections may have become newly popular, even in the age of unlimited digital music. The only problem with vinyl, as anyone who ever owned a collection will tell you, is that the records are incredibly easy to scratch, causing them to skip in the middle of your favorite song. You can salvage scratched records, however, by lubricating them with WD-40, which will help the needle to run smoothly over the vinyl, ensuring you don’t miss a beat.

Clean A Hairbrush

Cleaning the hair out of a hairbrush can be a task that might seem better left undone for all of the frustration it takes. There has to be a better way to manage your hairbrush’s hygiene, and there is. You no longer need to fight to rip the tangled strands from the bristles of your brush, you can simply spray the whole thing with some WD and then swipe a comb through. The hair and all of the accumulated dust will pop right off.

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